The Go-between

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                                                       The Go-between

The Prompt: A Bird, a Plane, You!––You get to choose one superpower. Pick one of these, and explain your choice:

  • the ability to speak and understand any language
  • the ability to travel through time
  • the ability to make any two people agree with each other

I can’t think of any power greater than that of being able to make two people agree with each other.  Imagine its impact on negotiations between countries as well as with terrorist organizations such as Isis. The only problem would be the life I’d have to live to make use of those powers.  I would have to be a politician or lawyer in order to have access to people who can really make a worldwide difference, and with this power, I would be so effective that I doubt I’d have much of a personal life of my own as I’d always be traveling to solve one dispute or another.

On a personal level, to really enable people to see where those with opposing viewpoints are coming from would be of such immediate help that I can imagine being called in to mediate all sorts of disagreements between neighbors, friends and relatives. Messy divorces would be a thing of the past around me–either the divorce itself or the bickering over a settlement.  Schoolyard bullies might be better understood and quashed. Gang activity could be ameliorated. Donald Trump could be brought to his knees and silenced, hopefully.

World peace would be reason enough to sacrifice my other two major “wishes” of being able to time travel and speak any language in the world.  Guess I’ll have to save those wishes for the next inevitable repeat of this prompt.

 

7 thoughts on “The Go-between

  1. Marilyn Armstrong

    You could be a hostage negotiator and save people. You could be an ambassador and save the world. You could probably sweet talk anyone into anything … and save yourself 🙂

    You wouldn’t need to be a pol or a lawyer. Your fame would spread far and wide. Betcha!

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  2. scampertotellthestory

    I like the idea of the ability to make 2 people agree but I think I would like the ability to understand and speak many languages. Even in English there are nuances that when not understood start fights or hurts. the ability to speak and understand also broadens my world view and even if we don’t agree, we might agree to disagree and yet understand where each other comes from and can join in the same journey.

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  3. TR

    I’m not sure if you would have to be an attorney or a politician because the power invoked would put you above the power brokers of today. Think of the President of the United States of America for example since he or she would not be able to argue with you, you have taken away their power. Same for any attorney, especially the attorney, because argument is what they do. They are in the business of winning arguments. I realize the post is on making people agree with each other but in order to do that one would have to minimize if not eliminate arguing. In other words if I agree with so and so I’m not likely to put up an argument..
    On a personal level it scares me to think about people agreeing with me because I am wrong more than I am right and I shudder to think how I may feel if the “hidden agendas” which we all have at times were to come to light.
    I too would make this same choice because if people agree with each other understanding their language may not mean that much and time travel might be boring without the conflict caused by disagreements.

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